Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 7, 2011

Thought for the Week October 9, 2011

We have been without Internet service at the church since last Wednesday due to a lightning strike in our parking lot. It has been a strange week. We are so used to having instant communication via email, Facebook, etc., that not being able to just hit the computer and tell whomever we desire what is going on seems like such a hindrance. Have you ever wondered what we did just 20 years ago before we had all of this technology?

I am composing this on Friday morning from my home computer. I don’t even know if we will be able to get it to you. The technician is attempting to restore our service today with a new Internet modem. If it works we should actually have faster and better service.

Our Life Group on Sundays, has been discussing prayer. We are being guided by a course written by Daniel Henderson. The main idea of the discussion is to change our prayers from just asking for things, help, health, etc., to a real time of intimate conversation with God. One of the best ways to do that is to begin prayer with the Bible.

I’ve been trying that this week. As I approach my daily reading, I ask the Lord to show me what the day’s reading tells me about Him. Then I reread parts that help me to approach Him in worship with gratitude. I try to listen to Him talking directly to me from the Word and then let Him guide my prayers. Know what? It makes a difference!

I have discovered much more freedom, less concern about what I’m to pray about, and I’m hearing God’s voice better. So this week, all I want to say is why not try it? When it’s time to pray, open your Bible, either read wherever your daily reading or devotional guides you, or pick one of the Psalms, and ask yourself, “What does this tell me about God?” Then begin to thank Him for what you are seeing, speak His Word back to Him, listen for His voice coming through His written Word.

My guess is that this will energize your prayers and help to attract you to meeting with the Lord each day. Isn’t it good to know that we don’t need modern technology to communicate with the Lord? Instant connections are available any time we come to Him. He is waiting to answer and hear what we have to say. Have you logged in lately? Just a thought.

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